Wind Turbine Monitoring Articles

  • Diagnosing wear faults - High-throughput screening of wind-turbine gearbox samples using the LaserNet 230 and automatic sample processor (ASP).

    The major issue for premature failure in wind-turbine gearboxes is bearing failure, which leads to gearbox failure. A wind-turbine gearbox will not survive if the oil is not clean and especially if the hard ferrous particles are not removed from around the bearings. The LaserNet 230 particle counter and ferrous debris monitor has been shown to be an excellent analytical tool for end users to ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • TOWERPOWER - Case Study

    Objective: TOWERPOWER was focused on the development of a real-time remote monitoring system to diagnose the aging of the metal structure of offshore turbines. The ultimate goal was to reduce maintenance costs in offshore wind energy. ...

  • Spin Doctors: How GE’s Service-Savvy Approach Squeezes the best from a fleet of 900 Wind Turbines

    Over 150 years ago, a budding English economist named William Stanley Jevons warned that a policy of energy efficiency might not be sufficient to conserve Britain’s dwindling coal reserves. His argument, now known as the Jevons paradox, was simple: Squeeze more energy from less coal, and people will just want more coal. ...


    By GE Renewable Energy

  • 7th Largest wind farm replaces mechanical for Ventus ultrasonic sensors - Case Study

    296 turbines of the AES Corporation are located by Buffalo Gap, Texas, US. With a capacity of 524 MW it's the world's seventh largest wind farm to-date. The article link below provides a summary of how Performance Engineer at AES, Tristan Lee, was able to optimize the performance of its aging fleet using latest in technology, that includes the Lufft Ventus Ultrasonic Wind Speed and Wind ...

  • Mechanical vs. Ultrasonic Anemometers for Wind Turbine Control

    What do you think? Does the replacement of mechanical wind sensors trough ultrasonic anemometers in wind turbine control pay off after less than a few years? Free Cost Benefit Analysis about Replacement of Mechanical Wind Sensors Anemometers are vital components of utility-scale wind turbines and determine the performance of the turbine’s ...

  • Adoption hurdles and challenges with small wind turbines

    Adoption Hurdles and Challenges with Small Wind Turbines Wind energy is very promising. It can be harvested without any costs, and like solar panels, wind turbines are environmentally-friendly. However, such machines are not living up to their potential. Some users have reported low efficiency rates, unpredictable performance and costly adoption barriers. ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Change is the only constant

    2016 was a year of big changes for Lufft: A change in the ownership structure took place in January and in August I took the reins as the new Managing Director. After more than 100 days at the innovative measuring technology manufacturer with a long company history, I would like to share with you my experiences and impressions in the new position. What characterizes Lufft? A good mix! ...

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Introducing The RNRG Goalpost Boom

    We are happy to introduce a new goalpost mounting solution for installing redundant class 1 anemometers. This new boom, designed specifically for use with our 80m XHD TallTower, positions anemometer cups at exactly 80 m above ground level—2.5 m away from each other—and 1.99 m ...


    By NRG Systems

  • Wind turbine controlling of the future

    Higher, more robust, more reliable: Parallel to the growing requirements for wind turbines, the requirements for monitoring sensors grow as well. But how can wind sensor manufacturers fulfil these wishes? And how should a future wind sensors look like? After analysing the current conditions and trends on the wind energy market, our CEO Klaus Hirzel compiled a wish list for future wind sensors. ...

  • Power curve measured and verified – Case Study

    In 2010 RSE SpA (Energy System Research Inc.) within a Program Agreement with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development started a measurement campaign on a Libellula wind plant installed in Tuscany. The campaign lasted 1 ½ years and during this time RSE measured the turbine’s power curve following the requirements of the relevant IEC Standard ...


    By Aria s.r.l

  • Animation: How Wind Turbines Work

    The windmill, which converts wind into rotational energy to mill grain or pump water, has been around since antiquity. It’s even been claimed that Ancient Babylonians planned to harness wind as early as almost 4,000 years ago, as part of a scheme for one of Hammurabi’s ambitious irrigation projects. By the end of the 19th century, wind energy took on a whole new meaning as engineers ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Helplessly exposed to nature? How lightning storms can be measured

    Each day, there occur about 1,000 thunderstorms with 4-10 million lightning bolts worldwide. In average, 700 people per year are hit by such light discharges, of which 75% of the hits result in long-term damages. Between three and seven cases end fatal. The risk is particularly high in the open field and is fortunately decreasing. The reason for this is that we stay more often inside in cars and ...

  • Small Wind Turbines tested: “Fortis Montana best performance”

    The market for commercial wind turbines is maturing even as they get bigger and bigger, but the market for small wind turbines is quite young, with some people comparing it to the car industry early in the 19th century. Although some manufacturers have been in the business for over two decades, most suppliers are from this millennium. And that shows. As in most immature markets, there are ...


    By Fortis Wind Energy

  • Drones for Wind Turbine Inspection

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Inspection Services for Wind Turbines: Global Market Assessment and Forecasts By the beginning of 2015, there were nearly 270,000 individual wind turbines operating globally. The more than 800,000 blades spinning on these turbines are battered by the elements over time and gradually wear out. Deterioration can cause reduced energy ...

  • Rising offshore plant capacities lead to greater data-based O&M gains

    The growing size of offshore wind farms provides greater scope for data optimisation during Operations and Maintenance, while software solutions can also help mitigate risk during the development phase, Marcus Ihle, Senior Consultant at Outsmart, said. Further gains could be made if operators share more data from their growing databases with other plant owners, Ihle said. The ...

  • Monopiles to remain Dominant Offshore Foundation in Europe: Consultant

    Monopiles will be Europe’s dominant offshore wind foundation for the next five years despite increasing turbine capacity, Tim Fischer, Head of Wind at German consultancy Ramboll, said. Monopile projects have dominated the offshore wind market but windfarms are moving towards larger turbines requiring larger foundations. While many proponents are promoting ...

  • Benchmarking platforms: why more knowledge means more leverage

    Greater plant owner demand for high speed computing and benchmarking data analysis platforms will cause rapid development of power upgrade packages and create a basis for further OEM innovation. High speed computing is making a major difference in wind data analysis. Today, major advances in time series and spatial analysis as well as the wake models used to estimate losses are possible because ...

  • Development of LabVIEW–based multilevel inverter with reduced number of switches

    In the present scenario, the development of multilevel inverter is becoming popular for industrial applications and higher scale renewable green power technologies such as fuel cell, PV cell and wind turbine systems connected to the load. But the traditional multilevel topologies have large components and complex Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) controller leading to reduced harmonics and voltage ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Reasons Available To Use Wind To Cater Energy Requirements

    Excessive heating of the planet due to fossil fuel burning has forced people to look for green energy sources. That can be considered as the main reason why many people think of using wind power to cater their energy requirements. They are being used in large scale in areas such as Australia, USA, Spain, Denmark, India and Germany. Wind energy has its own advantages as well as disadvantages like ...


    By Stanford Magnets

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